Comet 67p to scale

Sunday, October 26, 2014

I love these images. And users like these are why Reddit is still a site worth going to (just unsubscribe from bad subreddits, subscribe to the good ones) in spite of some of its overall silliness.

The image is a close-up of comet 67p, with the Freedom Tower, the Eiffel Tower, an airplane (doesn't say what kind, probably a Boeing 777 or Airbus 320 kind of size), a car, and a banana. Oh, and a neighborhood block.

The reason for the thread in the first place are the presence of sand dunes (look under the Eiffel Tower), which is a very cool thing to see on a comet.

And by the way, Dawn is now just 2.8 million km from Ceres. Both dreading and looking forward to winter at the same time is a very odd feeling.


Montreal now a good place to learn European French as well

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Here's something I didn't know was happening - apparently in under ten years the number of French citizens living in Montreal has increased by 45%, to approximately 110,000. That's a pretty huge number.

Then in this thread we see a number of stories such as this one:

En plus c'était à Paris, alors entre les types qui font la tronche dans le métro, les invasions de poussettes dans le RER (pas possible de la plier et de prendre ton mioche dans tes bras?), l'odeur de vomi dans le RER, les types qui te demandent une clope pour te vendre du shit et t'insultant quand tu refuses, les prix prohibitifs sur tout...

Interesting. Next question: what about the population in Quebec City? Wikipedia tells us a bit about the province but not about its second-largest city.

L'immigration au Québec suscite un réel engouement de la part des Français expatriés. 74,4 % des immigrants français venus au Canada choisissent de s'installer dans la province du Québec3. En 2011, 3 235 Français 4 (Français étant défini ici comme né en France) se sont installés au Québec avec un visa de résident permanent (RP). Le croisement des données des recensements de 2001 et 2006 5 et des chiffres du MICC 6 permettent de connaître l'accroissement de la population française au Québec et le taux de rétention de la province. Il en ressort que sur le long terme, 55 % des immigrants français venus avec le statut de RP restent au Québec.


Watching one ship is surprisingly fun

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 has been one of my favourite sites for some time now, but without context it can be tough to get very absorbed in the movement of all the ships.

The solution: pick one, keep it in a tab somewhere, and then reload it once a day. Maybe do that with up to three or five. This ship is one I saw in the news carrying the first shipment of Canadian crude to Italy, and it was in Sardinia about two days ago. Two days ago upon reloading it it was on its way to Greece, where it has just arrived.


BBC's more in-depth look on Orania

This article and this 28-minute podcast from BBC arrived in a Google Alert the other day, and go into much more detail about Orania than some of the other articles I've referenced before. The War Reporter front pages from around 1899 on the wall of that pub are particularly interesting.


All the foreign nationals in Luxembourg

Saturday, October 11, 2014

I came across a page here the other day from the bureau of statistics in Luxembourg, showing the number of foreign nationals in the country. The most interesting part is the number of Portuguese there, a full one in six (at least). Turns out this goes back to the 1960s.

The page shows the numbers for 1981, 1991, and each year from 2001 onward, so with a bit of easy Excel work the years in between can be estimated. That gives us the following charts.

First the total population, Luxembourgers, foreign nationals, and each country after that:

Then remove the total population:

Now remove the Luxembourgers:

And finally the individual foreign nationals by country on their own.

The steady decrease in Italians is also fairly pronounces, German and French increase bit by bit over the years too.


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